|Charley. A quite decorative plant. He's a handful, but I've grown quite attached to the little fella. He also helps me to remember all the good times with Mia.|
Charley is a potted plant of the species Cordyline stricta (also known as the Slender Palm Lily or Narrow-leaved Palm Lily) that has been in the Wright Anything Agency ever since the agency's founding by Mia Fey as the law office, Fey & Co. Law Offices. Mia loved the plant, even giving it its name, and going as far as to make it the firm's official mascot.
Mia's death Edit
Charley was caught in the cross-fire during Mia Fey's murder, having been knocked over and trashed with the rest of the office. Despite this, he was returned to initial standing position soon afterwards.
After Mia's death, her student, Phoenix Wright, inherited the offices and left it about the same as it was in Mia's time, including keeping and taking care of Charley. However, Wright did not find out about the name until a month later, when Mia Fey's sister Maya Fey channeled Mia and it came up in a conversation between the two.
Life with the Wright Anything Agency Edit
Charley has been subjected to Maya Fey's overenthusiastic watering, which has resulted in the plant looking a little "swollen" and has led Wright to wonder if Maya was perfecting her water torture technique on the defenseless plant. Ema Skye's well-meaning attempts to improve Charley with an unknown additive resulted in the plant appearing a little yellow. Despite these unintentional attempts on its life, Charley has seen the office it resides in through Wright's entire career and even after Wright was disbarred and then reinstated. Wright has been occasionally caught staring at Charley and smiling by Athena Cykes, but he doesn't talk much about Charley with his subordinates.
When Trucy Wright was arrested for the death of Mr Reus, the producer in charge of her show tried to claim compensation for liability using a contract Trucy allegedly signed. Charley had been stuck with a repossession label alongside much of the office's property. Thankfully, Apollo Justice managed to null the terms of the forged contract by proving his friend's innocence. Thus, Charley continues to remain a valued part of the agency.
The presence of Charley has shown an unexpected botanical knowledge in Dick Gumshoe, who quickly chipped in with the plant's scientific name while Wright was trying to identify it the day after Mia's murder.
- Charley's name may be a homage to "Chuck the Plant", an in-game potted plant that originally appeared in the 1987 Lucasfilm Games graphic adventure game Maniac Mansion; and later reappeared in other Lucas adventure titles like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure and Tales of Monkey Island.
- Alternatively, the name might come from Charlwoodia stricta, one of the taxonomic synonyms for Charley's species.